Collar stays of appropriate size

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  1. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    transparent aluminum?

    Anodized unobtainium? [​IMG]
     
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    I use brass collar stays from Brooks - they sell them in sets that contain three sizes. I can measure them when I get home.

    I know you're looking for something more decadent but in a pinch, you may want to consider brass ones.

    I can assure you that any force that would bend one of those would do enough damage to your neck that you'd forget all about bent collar stays.
     
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    I would think bone (they are known as 'collar bones' after all) or horn would work.
    Yes. The problem is finding ones of the appropriate length.

    I know this reply will provoke some har-har quips/
     
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    I use brass collar stays from Brooks - they sell them in sets that contain three sizes. I can measure them when I get home. I know you're looking for something more decadent but in a pinch, you may want to consider brass ones. I can assure you that any force that would bend one of those would do enough damage to your neck that you'd forget all about bent collar stays.
    Well said.
     
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    I have a pair of sterling silver collar stays from TM Lewin which are very long.

    Virtually Unbendable and Unbreakable.
     
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    Century 21 has sets of 10 pair in brass, ranging from 2" to 3" (mostly 2.5") for $11. They are thick enough not to be at risk of bending (unlike, say, CT brass stays). I picked up a batch today.
     
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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This is one of those problems that you only have early in life. There is a wooden box on my dresser that's at least half the volume of a shoe box and it's full of stays. Most of them came from the shirtmaker.

    I find that there are thin plastic stays and not so thin. The not so thin work every bit as well as brass, MOP or sterling.
     
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    I actually don't quite understand why people would prefer metal stays -- on my shirts with an unfused collar, you can definitely see the outline of a heavy imprint as it weighs down the collar. I dislike that look very much -- it's less worrysome now because most of my shirts are Jantzen and they use a fused collar. Also, I've noticed that the length is not very important to me, since the key for me is to week the tips of the collar straight, and it doesn't seem to matter otherwise.
     
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    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    UnobtainiumÂ[​IMG] is what Oakley calls the sticky rubber pad bits on their sports glasses. The lenses are PlutoniteÂ[​IMG]...



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    OK Simple answer...

    Old credit cards or similar stiff plastic. Works like a charm. Try it. Cut it to fit. I used a card for my extra large collar.
     
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    OK Simple answer...

    Old credit cards or similar stiff plastic. Works like a charm. Try it. Cut it to fit. I used a card for my extra large collar.

    If you cut a working credit card so you had the stripe as your stay, you could conceivably use it in an emergency to pay for something...
     

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